It is also based on the conditions of handling, storage, preparation, and use printed on the label.
Do not buy or use baby formula after its "Use-By" date. Can codes are a type of closed dating which enable the tracking of product in interstate commerce.
To reduce consumer confusion and wasted food, FSIS recommends that food manufacturers and retailers that apply product dating use a “Best if Used By” date.
Microorganisms such as molds, yeasts, and bacteria can multiply and cause food to spoil.Except for infant formula, dates are not an indicator of the product’s safety and are not required by Federal law.[Top of Page] How do Manufacturers Determine Quality Dates?Viruses are not capable of growing in food and do not cause spoilage.There are two types of bacteria that can be found on food: pathogenic bacteria, which cause foodborne illness, and spoilage bacteria, which do not cause illness but do cause foods to deteriorate and develop unpleasant characteristics such as an undesirable taste or odor making the food not wholesome.
"Open Dating" is a calendar date applied to a food product by the manufacturer or retailer.